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Top Tips for Preventing Summer Reading Loss

summer-readingThe United Way, King County Library System, and Seattle Libraries have partnered to provide area families with information focused on preventing summer reading loss.

Why is reading in the summer so important? Students who don’t read over summer vacation can lose months of learning and start the next school year off behind their peers. You can help prevent summer reading loss and get your child off to the right start next school year by following these five simple tips.

Top 5 Tips for Summer Reading Success:

1. Read every day with your child!

2. Read anywhere – Read in any language. And if you don’t have a book with you, sing a song or tell a story.

3. Help your child learn to read. Find the right level of books for your child at the library.

  • Sound words out;
  • Look at the part of the word they know;
  • Back up and try again; and
  • Use different words that makes sense

4. Talk about what you’re reading. Ask questions about the story.

  • What is happening?
  • How will the story end?
  • What was your favorite part of the story?

5. Reading is fun! Have fun reading and sharing stories with your family.

Dream Big, Read! Summer Reading with the King County Library System: June 1–August 31

Children across King County may register online for the Summer Reading Program or at your local library beginning June 1. With a Summer Reading Log that you can get at their school, on or by visiting your local library, kids can read to earn prizes, including being eligible to win a Netbook computer. Preschool Readers may enter a drawing for one of three family memberships to KidsQuest Museum or a family fun pack to the Woodland Park Zoo. Find all the details and information to hundreds of free programs at all 46 KCLS libraries at

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